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Beat Making Guide

Hey fam! I put together this guide to help you learn how to make beats and produce music faster and better.

Beginners and more seasoned beat makers will find this guide useful.

TaurusBeats aka Taurus M, James

How To Make Beats

The Right Start

The key to the right start is planning the end. Having guiding principles will help you stay on course during the journey.

Your Music Journey Guiding Principles

  • Use what you already have. "Use what you got to get what you want!"
  • Protect your time. Time is more valuable than money. Once you spend it, you can't get it back!
  • Set your mind and watch your mouth. Be intentional and focus your mind (thinking) on success. Avoid negative talk about yourself and overstating what you can't do.
  • Plan ahead and think backwards.
  • Think of your music in 3D.
  • Master LISTENING.
  • Learn to Love Learning.

 

TaurusBeats aka Taurus M, James

The Right Gear

TaurusBeats aka Taurus M, James

Many beginners ask me, "What do I need to make beats?", "What is the best software for making beats?" and "What equipment do you need to produce music?"

Beat making Equipment

  • Computer: Desktop or Laptop or Mobile Device
  • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
  • Audio Interface
  • Studio Monitors and Headphones
  • MIDI Controller
  • Studio Microphone
  • Sounds: Samples, Sound Banks and Instrument Libraries
  • Other Beat Making Tools

The Right Knowledge

The right knowledge is critical to the success of any project. While your music journey is unique, there are some common concepts you must understand, regardless of the type of music or beats you make.

Some Basics

Let's start with some basics about beat making. We start with a definition in order to get on the same page.

What is a beat?

A beat is a basic unit of music. (Music theory answer)

For music, we recognize the time signature of a song by recognizing the number of beats in a measure. For example, 4/4 time signature means there are 4 beats in one measure and each beat is a quarter note.

In the beatmaking context, the above is true, but it is not the first thing that comes to mind.

In beatmaking, a beat is a piece of music primarily created for some vocal element to be added to it.In other words, beats are made for rappers or singers or other artists to add vocals to.

Making Beats vs Making Music

What is beat making?

What does making beats mean?

Technically, they are the same - music. But there is a distinction you must recognize as a beatmaker.

Beats leave space for vocal content. You will encounter the saying, "LESS IS MORE", especially when it comes to Hip Hop beatmaking.

Music, on the other hand, may fill the available "space" with other instruments or musical elements where the vocals would normally go. This is instrumental music, rather than a beat (in the beatmaking sense).

Types of Beatmakers

  • Software Beatmakers
  • Hardware Beatmakers
  • Software+Hardware Beatmakers

 

Know how music works: Music Theory

You do not have to know music theory in order to make beats. However, I strongly encourage you to learn music theory so you know how and why music works the way it does.

Strategy

Beat making strategy is simply a master plan or plan of action to accomplish an overall aim.

If your overall aim is to make a beat, you make a plan of action to do just that - make a beat.

When you make a beat, then what? WHat are you making beats for? what are you going to do with the beats? Why are you making beats?

These are questions to get you to think bigger about your "overall aim" and plan ahead.

Process

The beat making process is a common set of steps to make a beat. Every beat maker takes these steps.

  • Choose Sounds
  • Build Patterns
  • Create Structure
  • Mix as you go
  • Final Mixdown (pre-mastering)
  • Mastering

Beat making is Msuic Production, but there is a distinction between the two. One important thing to remember is that the beat making process is only part of the overall music production process.

Workflow

Workflow is the way you work to make a beat. Your workflow is unique to you and it may contribute to your creativity. For example, we all have to add sounds to our DAW, but the way I add sounds to my DAW will probably be different from the way you do it.

Tips

How to make good beats?

Actually Make Some Beats

Beatmaking is a skill you can get better the more you do it. Like other skills development, you have to consistently practice using what you learn on the equipment to achieve the desired goals. Then, you compare / test the beats you make against similar beats by other beatmakers.

Sampling vs Organinic Beatmaking

How do you make original beats?

Organic beatmaking is simply making beats while playing everything yourself - no (song) samples. Organic is a term used to distinguish between sample beatmaking, which uses samples from existing songs within the beat being created.

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TaurusBeats aka Taurus M, James

How I Make Beats

As TaurusBeats, my primary aim is to make Moody Instrumental Music. I make beats, too. I intentionally move my beats into the instrumental music lane by adding piano freestyles (improvisations) and other musical elements to fill the space where vocals would sit.

I have "stripped down" versions of all of my music - beats - which vocalists can use.

My overall aim has never been to make beats for industry artists, vocalists, rappers, etc. My overall aim is to create Lufe Story Music, telling the story of my life through the music I make, for my daughter. As I learn and grow, I share what I know with others on this music journey.

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